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Jamalpur workshop to build diesel locos

PATNA: The Jamalpur workshop of Indian Railways has bagged orders from Rail India Technology and Economic Services (RITES) to manufacture diesel locomotives. It would manufacture locomotives after a lapse of 88 years.


These locomotives will be of WDS6 type. The workshop would initially manufacture three such locomotives at an estimated cost of Rs 2.33 crore, said chief works manager (CWM), Jamalpur workshop, Animesh Sinha. According to him, the workshop would get a boost with the RITES orders. It is rich in technical expertise and has all the modern facilities available at any workshop of railways across the country, he said.

Sinha told TOI that the Jamalpur workshop has become the only workshop in the country capable of manufacturing all four types of rolling stocks for railways namely diesel locomotives, cranes, tower cars and goods wagons of different types, including BOX-NHL, BLC and BVZI. Besides, it is the main hub of repair centre of locomotives, cranes, tower cars and other equipments for railways, he said adding periodical overhauling of rolling stock has been the mainstay of the workshop.

Incidentally, Jamalpur workshop was the first to manufacture the first steam locomotive CA 764 'Lady Curzon' in 1899 in India, the CWM said.

According to him, this workshop had stopped manufacturing locomotives way back in 1923 due to a policy decision. The workshop had manufactured a total number of 216 steam locomotives by then. "It is a matter of pride for the workshop employees to get fresh orders for manufacturing diesel locomotives. Officials and employees are greatly enthused that the workshop has finally been awarded such a big assignment to manufacture diesel locomotives," he said.
Sinha said the workshop would manufacture these locomotives based on American Loco Technology (ALT), which is the best and standard one across the globe. "The Jamalpur workshop is known for its quality products in the world. Efforts will be made to maintain high quality while manufacturing these locomotives," Sinha said.

According to sources, while two proposed locomotive factories at Marhaurah in Saran district and Madhepura are yet to come up, the Jamalpur workshop is likely to give a fillip to Bihar's socio economic development.


Source - Times of India

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